Hi everyone! We’re basically a month and a few days from 2017. Phew, boy, did 2016 went by so fast! And with every coming year comes the fervent desire to have everything planned out and figured out. Am I right or am I right? LOL. One of the planners that really caught my attention is CNS Designs’ 2017 Design Your Life (DYL) Back to Basics Planner. I wanted to share to everyone what’s in store for them once they decide to jump into the planner and DYL bandwagon!
The 2017 DYL Back to Basics Planner is a 12-month weekly planner and measures 7.75 x 8.5 inches with binding. It also comes in a bigger size than it was before which means more writing space and has 180 full-colored pages with thick book paper so there’s no problem about the ink of your pens blotting on the pages. I also fell in love with the gold protective corners to prevent the corners of your planner from being damaged. The DYL Back to Basics Planner starts on December 26, 2016.
No Tear Double-Sided Pocket
I love that the pockets are back to back. It means more space for all my bills, receipts, notes, and other important papers I need to slide in my planner. I can also keep the stickers I want to use for my spreads and some sticky notes here. Although I love its clean, white look, I would love to personalize the pockets more! I’ll probably post about that soon.
Super Cute and Unique Stickers
Stickers are a vital part of my planning process. I believe that they don’t only add creativity and beauty to planner spreads, but they also help out in inducing productivity. There’s also a Christmas gift card just in case you have plans of giving this as a gift to someone! A nice thank you note from the people behind CNS Designs is included and oooh, I love the motivational bookmark that also doubles as a handy ruler!
I believe “About Me” or Personal Information pages are really important for planners just in case you leave it somewhere. We all hope for that someone who’s kind enough to return it to you. My planners are my life, well, basically, they contain EVERYTHING that’s going on in my life so it’s really important to have all the contact details, personal or emergency, in the front page of your planner!
Contacts + Manual
There’s a page allotted for you to write important contact information or you can write down the information of your favorite online shops for you to always be able to find it immediately. The right page is a space for you to plan out and create your own system for the coming year. You can write down keys or codes, color schemes, and what-nots that you’ll be using in your planner spread for 2017 to make it a more personalized experience.
As per usual planners, we have the full 2016 and 2018 calendar. This gives us more ease in trying to remember important day and dates for the past and next year. I also love the 2017 full-page events. It’s a space to jot down important dates and events so you can have an overview of how your year’s going to be.
Last Times + Monthlies
Always stay updated on when you did something for the Last Time. A visit to the doctor and dentist, perhaps? You can also keep track of your monthly recurring activities, due dates, and appointments in the Monthlies page.
I’m the kind of person who really appreciates wide spaces because I really write a lot. This gives me the chance to have a glance at what’s going to happen for the month and prolly doodle on it. You can set one major Monthly Goal and have a quick overview of all your Pending to-dos from the next month that will be transferred to the current month. There’s also a space beside the month for you to possibly write a mantra or quote you want to inspire you for the month. Jot down all the Noteworthy things that happened to you during each month!
Vertical spreads started to become my thing ever since I tried it out in the Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Happy Planner. I’m glad that there’s a local planner brand now with the same system. It has a wider space now for you to write down all the things you need to do and remember. There’s a weekly inspiring quote, a space for you to write down your Power Word, Week Goal, and Major to Do list for the week. Like the monthly page, it also has a space for you to write down all the Noteworthy events that transpired throughout the week. You can also track your water intake through the glass icons situated in each day.
Whether you agree to it or not, tracking your own expenses is really helpful especially if you’re trying to save up for something. The DYL Back to Basics Planner gives you the chance and space to track your monthly expenses and incorporate it to your end of the year Cash Flow spread.
You can already start taking down notes of the important dates for the next year with the 2018 Planner pages at the last part of the planner. This way, you can pre-plan events and just migrate them next year.
Having taken Project Management for a semester in college and having it applied to work, I realized that not only is it vital to Information Technology but also to my own life as well. It may sound funny for some but there’s a big difference in proceeding to do something without tracking its progress and actually knowing how far you’ve come in that certain project.
Sleep Tracker + Travel Checklist
Having tracked my sleep for the past months, I believe this is really vital so that you can know how many hours you’ve slept and make up for lost sleep during the weekend. Hey, sleep and rest is really important for a person’s health!
There’s also a Travel Checklist page for you to write down your constant musts when you travel.
There are Travel Planners for at least three trips you might take this 2017. Just in case you have more than that, you can prolly just copy the format of it and stick it in your planner or maybe use the Notes pages for it? Entirely up to you! 🙂
Doodle on it, write down poems, scribble songs, or treat as your brain dump – anything goes for the wide pages of notes at the end of the planner.
Here’s a quick review and overview of the 2017 DYL Back to Basics Planner I uploaded on my vlog! Hope you enjoyed this review!
The 2017 Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner is currently available for order on their website and it’s worth P595. You can also order from the United States! You might also want to check out more of CNS Designs’ products: Design Your Life 2017 Planner, Design Your Life: Limitless Planner, Planner Accessories, and Stickers.
P.S. Tell CNS Designs I referred you: firstname.lastname@example.org once you decide to get this planner because of this review, alright? 😉